Vision and Values

The Religious Life Community consists of programming that expresses both Christian and Interfaith visions and values.

Vision for the Christian expression of the Religious Life Community:

Discerning the movement of God through Jesus Christ for the sake of the Simpson College community the world; then moving, with the people of God, where God’s Spirit sends us.

Vision for the Interfaith expression of the Religious Life Community:

Striving to create an environment of religious understanding and involvement on the Simpson Campus and in the greater world community.

In all expressions and programming, the Religious Life Community holds to the following set of values:

  • Student ownership and leadership
  • Being a community of individuals that challenges, supports and holds each other accountable through respectful dialogue and intentional listening
  • Respecting the opinions, gifts, and preferences of all religious expressions
  • Providing opportunities for students’ spiritual growth and fulfillment
  • Outreach to people and interaction with groups beyond the Religious Life Community
  • Integrating of faith and reason, embracing the growth that comes through doubting and questioning
  • Stewardship of the environment and awareness of our use of natural resources
  • Fun, fellowship and creativity
  • Engaging in social justice

Within the Christian expression, we seek to:

  • Help people become faithful and committed disciples of Jesus Christ
  • Share faith in God with others through word, deed, and genuine relationships
  • Connect with First United Methodist Church of Indianola and other local churches of all denominations
  • Live our faith through discipleship, worship, and service
  • Share hospitality as an expression of our love for our neighbor
  • Grow our understanding of all denominations and religious traditions through study and by building relationships; we especially seek to draw upon Simpson College’s United Methodist heritage

Within the Interfaith expression, we seek to:

  • Help people become faithful in their own tradition and respect those traditions
  • Educate ourselves and others on the beliefs and practices of the world’s religious traditions, addressing current issues and combating ignorance in our community
  • Understand and appreciate the various religious traditions in the world through word, deed and genuine relationships
  • Value all religious traditions, opinions, gifts and preferences; providing opportunities for growth and fulfillment whenever possible
  • Create relationships with the variety of religious communities found in our world